Hang in there, Mzansi, the JZ nightmare is nearly over

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Hang in there, Mzansi, the JZ nightmare is nearly over

Zuma has been treated with kid gloves by his party compared to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.

Sunday Times political editor

The nightmare is almost over. President Jacob Zuma's nine-year misrule is coming to an end.
The ANC national executive committee (NEC) is widely expected to endorse on Wednesday a national working committee recommendation that Zuma vacate the Union Buildings earlier than he wished.
Tuesday’s announcement that the state of the nation address had been postponed, was the strongest indication yet that he would not be the one delivering this important speech.
It also a sign that the ANC is preparing for a scenario in which Zuma defies its own NEC. Should this be the case, the party seems to be prepared to activate a parliamentary process to get rid of their former leader.
It did not have to come to this.
Zuma has been treated with kid gloves by his party compared to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.
The new boss at Luthuli House, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, instructed that Zuma’s departure should be a smooth one, sparing him any humiliation.
Ramaphosa and the newly elected ANC leadership went the extra mile, even travelling to Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the official residence of the president, to offer Zuma a dignified exit.But in typical Zuma style, he told them he remained popular and was not aware of any reason why he should resign.
We hope Wednesday's NEC meeting closes the chapter of a badly written script.
Ramaphosa’s ANC must show they are able to take decisions and implement them, ending the merry-go-round we have witnessed in the past three weeks since the first NEC meeting in Irene, Pretoria.
No other outcome other than a decision to recall Zuma would inspire public confidence in Ramaphosa and his new ANC leadership ahead of the general elections next year.
If Zuma does not resign, he risks going down in history as the first democratically elected leader who was humiliated by being voted out of power by his own party.

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